Let Us Not Forget

Here are two images from Twinbrook Road, Belfast, one of a hunger strike 20th anniversary board with portraits of the ten deceased men and a lark carrying keys in a circle of barbed wire and the other showing “IRA” in green, white, and orange letters.

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Reject The ‘New’ RUC

In 2001, under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, the RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary) became the “Police Service of Northern Ireland (incorporating the Royal Ulster Constabulary)”. Republicans feared that the change was one of name only, and continued to consider it a sectarian force, with a legacy of “plastic bullets, shoot-to-kill, abuse of human rights, sectarian intimidation, collusion, obstruction of inquiries, torturers”. Falls Road, Belfast.

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I nDíl Chuimhne

Three plaques above the Sinn Féin office on the Falls Road, Belfast, the first is to 1981 IRA hunger striker Pat “Beag” McKeown, who worked for Sinn Féin and was elected to Belfast City Council until dying in 1993. The other two are to Michael O’Dwyer, Paddy Loughran, and Pat McBride. O’Dwyer had stopped in to the office to register a complaint; Loughran and McBrife were Sinn Féin members. All three were shot in February 1992 by RUC constable Alan Moore, who had been suspended the previous day for driving drunk after firing shots over the grave of a deceased colleague; after killing the SF men he drove to Lough Neagh and took his own life with a shotgun. (NYTimes | Independent | For a somewhat different take, see An Phoblacht)

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